France says leader of ISIL group in Sahel has been killed


French President Emmanuel Macron has announced that French military forces had killed Islamic militant Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi, the leader of Islamic State in the Greater Sahara.

In a post on Twitter on Wednesday, Macron revealed that Sahrawi was the historic leader of Islamic State in the Sahel region of West Africa and his group targeted U.S. soldiers in a deadly attack in 2017 adding that In August 2020, Sahrawi personally ordered the killing of six French charity workers and their Nigerien driver.

The French president also described the death of the militant as a “major success in the fight against terrorist groups in the Sahel”.

This comes amid reports of the death of leader of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), Abu Musab Al-Barnawi.

Al-Barnawi, the son of Boko Haram founder, Mohammed Yusuf, was said to have been trained by ISIS for years ahead of his ascension to power.

The news of his death has however not yet been confirmed by the Nigerian Armed Forces or ISWAP.

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